Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Embracing Freedom


I'm back! Once again, it's been ages since I last blogged. I have about four posts published as drafts but I wasn't happy with any of them so drafts they'll stay! Gotta love writer's block...

In much more positive news, I found out the other day that I was voted UCAS Blogger of the Month for June. It was a lovely surprise and I'm so grateful to everyone for reading and voting. So thank you!!!

Even though I finished college three and a half weeks ago, I'm still not used to having no work or revision to do. As I'm sure my Mum would agree, I don't know what to do with myself without college! I'm still finding the whole relaxing thing really weird and I keep feeling guilty that I should be revising or something!

So I thought I'd share some of my hopes and plans for this summer:

1) World Youth Day in Krakow
I've had this booked for almost a year now and I'm so excited for it! Millions of young Catholics like myself will be gathering together in Krakow and we will be joined by Pope Francis. I'm really looking forward to travelling there with my diocese and all the adventures we'll have on the journey and when we arrive in Poland! It's gonna be fab!

2) Spontaneous adventures
With two of my friends having their own cars, I'm really hoping that this summer we can just jump in the car and go for random day trips! I'm looking forward to being able to spend quality time with my closest friends before we go our separate ways in September to uni or whatever we have planned next! Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather is nice for us!

Four of my faves, can't wait to have fun together this summer!

3) Family time
It's been a really busy year for my family and so I'm looking forward to spending time together relaxing and just enjoying each other's company. We bought my Dad a barbeque for Father's Day and so I'm hoping we'll get plenty of use out of it this summer! Again, hopefully the weather will be nice for us!!!!

4) Uni Shopping
Today my Mum and I started making a list of things I'll need for uni... and its a long list!! I'm really excited though to start buying things and to start thinking about how I want my uni bedroom to look. I currently have loads of photos of friends and family up on my bedroom walls and I also have a thing for fairy lights so buying things to make my room look pretty (and obviously the practical stuff as well!!) is going to be loads of fun!

5) Catch ups
I have so many friends who I haven't seen in ages and so I'd love to spend time this summer catching up with some of them and finding out what's going on in their lives. Really looking forward to all the catch ups I've got planned!

6) Hope Picnic Meeting
Some of us who are planning to go to Hope Uni in September are in a Facebook group chat (think I've probably mentioned this before) and a group of us are planning to meet at the end of August to get to know each other. And what better way to do this than with a picnic on campus?! Really excited to start getting to know (in person!) some of the people who will hopefully be my friends for the next three years!

7) Results Day
You probably think I'm crazy to be looking forward to results day and to be honest, I probably am!! But after all the time I spent slaving away revising and everything in preparation for my exams, I'm ready to find out how I've done. And also, after all the time I've spent dreaming about living and studying at Hope, I'm desperate to find out if I'll be able to call it home from September!

8) Read
I've always loved reading, but I haven't read for the sake of it in almost two years! My Mum has been collecting books for me that she thinks I'll enjoy and so I'm enjoying reading again! I'm currently reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and I'm absolutely loving it! Can't wait to read the rest of the books Mum has saved for me!

So that's just a few things I'm hoping to do this summer and hopefully, I'll be able to achieve them all! I also hope that the weather is nice so I can spend a lot of time outside in the sunshine!

Once again, thank you for voting for me, and if you'd like to vote for me to win Blogger of the Month for July I'd be really grateful! You can do that here! Thanks!

With it being uni open day season, I'm thinking of doing a post or two about the process of applying to uni and my top tips for open days, If any one has anything they'd like me to blog about, please let me know!

Anna x